List of IndyCar fatalities

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This article lists the people who have been fatally injured in American Championship car racing during testing, practice, qualifying, or races since 1916, categorized into drivers, riding mechanics, and non-participants. The lists show "IndyCar" or "Champ Car" fatalities that have occurred in events making up the National Championship, which has been held by the following sanctioning bodies:

The National Championship, which was split from 1979 to 2007, has featured regular races, non-points paying (non-championship) rounds, competitions sanctioned by entities that did not stage the National Championship in the same year (such as the Automobile Club of America), and the AAA Big car meetings that were held in the 1946 season.

The most recent driver to be killed in an IndyCar Series event was Justin Wilson at the 2015 ABC Supply 500.

Driver fatalities[edit]

Driver Date of accident Sanction Track[note 1] Event Team/Owner Car/Entry Session
 Burman, BobBob Burman (USA)[1] April 8, 1916 AAA Corona Grand Boulevard Corona road race[note 2] Peugeot Race
 Limberg, CarlCarl Limberg (USA)[2] May 13, 1916 AAA Sheepshead Bay Speedway Metropolitan Trophy Delage Race
 Peacock, JackJack Peacock (USA)[3] August 27, 1916 AAA Kalamazoo Recreation Park 100-mile race[note 2] Sunbeam Race[note 3]
 Horstman, HarryHarry Horstman (USA)[4][note 4] November 10, 1916 AAA/ACA Santa Monica Road Race Course Horstman, HarryHarry Horstman Mercer Practice
 Jackson, LewisLewis Jackson (USA)[6] November 18, 1916 ACA American Grand Prize Marmon Race
 Galvin, FrankFrank Galvin (USA)[7][note 5] December 2, 1916 AAA Uniontown Speedway Universal Trophy[note 2] Premier Race
 Chevrolet, GastonGaston Chevrolet (USA)[9] November 25, 1920 AAA Los Angeles Speedway 250-mile race Frontenac Race
 O'Donnell, EddieEddie O'Donnell (USA)[9][note 6] Duesenberg
 Soules, AltonAlton Soules (USA)[11] October 1, 1921 AAA Fresno Speedway San Joaquin Valley Classic Frontenac Race
 Sarles, RoscoeRoscoe Sarles (USA)[12] September 17, 1922 AAA Kansas City Speedway 300-mile race Durant, CliffCliff Durant Miller Race
 Wilcox, HowdyHowdy Wilcox (USA)[13] September 4, 1923 AAA Altoona Speedway 200-mile race Duesenberg Race
 Boyer, JoeJoe Boyer (USA)[14][note 7] September 1, 1924 AAA Altoona Speedway Fall Classic DuesenbergDuesenberg SC Race
 Murphy, JimmyJimmy Murphy (USA)[16] September 15, 1924 AAA New York State Fairgrounds 150-mile race Miller Race
 Ansterburg, ErnieErnie Ansterburg (USA)[17] October 16, 1924 AAA Charlotte Speedway 250-mile race Duesenberg Practice
 Wells, FredFred Wells (USA)[18] April 22, 1925 Long Island Motor Parkway Private test Wells, FredFred Wells Wells's Hornet Testing
 Cariens, RayRay Cariens (USA)[19][note 8] November 29, 1925 AAA Culver City Speedway 250-mile race MillerMiller SC Race
 Jones, HerbertHerbert Jones (USA)[21][note 9] May 27, 1926 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 MillerMiller SC "Elcar" Qualifying
 Foley, JackJack Foley (USA)[23] July 4, 1926 AAA Rockingham Speedway Independence Day Sweepstakes Duesenberg Qualifying
 Comer, FredFred Comer (USA)[24] October 12, 1928 AAA Rockingham Speedway International Motor Classic Boyle, MikeMike Boyle Miller FDMiller SC "Boyle Valve" Race
 Spence, BillBill Spence (USA)[25] May 30, 1929 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 DuesenbergDuesenberg SC Race
 Keech, RayRay Keech (USA)[26] June 15, 1929 AAA Altoona Speedway 200-mile race Yagle MillerMiller SC "Simplex Piston Ring" Race
 Caccia, JoeJoe Caccia (USA)[27] May 26, 1931 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Jones, AlvinAlvin Jones Duesenberg "Jones & Maley" Practice
 Gleason, JimmyJimmy Gleason (USA)[28] September 12, 1931 AAA New York State Fairgrounds 100-mile race Duesenberg Qualifying
 Jones, MiltonMilton Jones (USA)[29] May 27, 1932 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Jones, MiltonMilton Jones Miller Practice
 Denver, BillBill Denver (USA)[30] May 28, 1933 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Brady, RayRay Brady ? – Studebaker "Brady & Nardi" Qualifying
 Billman, MarkMark Billman (USA)[31] May 30, 1933 Duesenberg "Kemp-Mannix" Race
 Spangler, LesterLester Spangler (USA)[31] Hartz, HarryHarry Hartz Miller
 Kreis, PeterPeter Kreis (USA)[32] May 25, 1934 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Hartz, HarryHarry Hartz Miller FDMiller "Miller-Hartz" Practice
 Brayen, GeorgeGeorge Brayen (USA)[33] September 9, 1934 AAA New York State Fairgrounds 100-mile race Simmons, GeorgeGeorge Simmons Simmons – Oakland Race
 Hannon, JohnnyJohnny Hannon (USA)[34] May 21, 1935 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Duray, LeonLeon Duray StevensMiller "Bowes Seal Fast" Practice
 Stubblefield, StubbyStubby Stubblefield (USA)[34] Shafer, PhilPhil Shafer ? – Buick "Victor Gasket" Qualifying
 Weatherly, ClayClay Weatherly (USA)[35] May 30, 1935 Duray, LeonLeon Duray StevensMiller "Bowes Seal Fast" Race
 Gordon, AlAl Gordon (USA)[36] January 26, 1936 AAA Ascot Motor Speedway 125-mile race[note 2] White, BillBill White WetterothOffenhauser Race
 Winn, BillyBilly Winn (USA)[37] August 20, 1938 AAA Illinois State Fairgrounds 100-mile race[note 2] Miller Race
 Roberts, FloydFloyd Roberts (USA)[38] May 30, 1939 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Moore, LouLou Moore WetterothOffenhauser "Burd Piston Ring" Race
 Bailey, GeorgeGeorge Bailey (USA)[39] May 7, 1940 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Gulf Oil Miller RE4DMiller SC "Gulf-Miller" Practice
 Webb, LouLou Webb (USA)[40] September 2, 1940 AAA New York State Fairgrounds 100-mile race Marks, JoeJoe Marks Marks – Offenhauser Race
 Siemienski, MitchellMitchell Siemienski (USA)[41] June 22, 1941 AAA Langhorne Speedway 100-mile race[note 2] Hoppe, HermanHerman Hoppe ? – Riley Qualifying
 Hrycenko, JosephJoseph Hrycenko (USA)[42] April 14, 1946 AAA Williams Grove Speedway 10-lap Big car race Heat race
 Bumpus, BumpyBumpy Bumpus (USA)[43] June 16, 1946 AAA Flemington Fair Speedway Big car race Bumpus, BumpyBumpy Bumpus Bagley – Hal D. O. "Burd Piston Ring" Heat race
 Wilbert, BusBus Wilbert (USA)[44] August 11, 1946 AAA Funk's Speedway 20-lap Big car race Race
 Robson, GeorgeGeorge Robson (CAN)[45] September 2, 1946 AAA Lakewood Park 100-mile race Bergere, CliffCliff Bergere WetterothOffenhauser "Noc-Out Hose Clamp" Race
 Barringer, GeorgeGeorge Barringer (USA)[45] Wolfe, ErvinErvin Wolfe ShawOffenhauser "Wolfe-Tulsa"
 Putnam, AlAl Putnam (USA)[46] September 15, 1946 AAA Indiana State Fairgrounds 100-mile race Palmer, RichardRichard Palmer StevensOffenhauser Qualifying
 Cantlon, ShortyShorty Cantlon (USA)[47] May 30, 1947 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Rassey, LouLou Rassey Snowberger FDMiller "Auto Shippers" Race
 Hepburn, RalphRalph Hepburn (USA)[48] May 16, 1948 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Welch, LouLou Welch Kurtis 2000Novi SC "Novi Grooved Piston" Practice
 Horn, TedTed Horn (USA)[49] October 10, 1948 AAA DuQuoin State Fairgrounds 100-mile race Ted Horn Enterprises HornOffenhauser Race
 Metzler, GeorgeGeorge Metzler (USA)[50][note 10] May 28, 1949 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Glessner, LeeLee Glessner ShawOffenhauser Practice
 Sheffler, BillBill Sheffler (USA)[52][note 11] June 19, 1949 AAA New Jersey State Fairgrounds 100-mile race Sheffler, BillBill Sheffler BrommeOffenhauser Practice
 Mays, RexRex Mays (USA)[54] November 6, 1949 AAA Del Mar Fairgrounds 100-mile race Wolfe, ErvinErvin Wolfe Kurtis 2000Offenhauser Race
 Brown, WaltWalt Brown (USA)[55] July 29, 1951 AAA Williams Grove Speedway Indianapolis Sweepstakes[note 2] Robbins, JackJack Robbins Wetteroth DOffenhauser Qualifying
 McDowell, JohnnyJohnny McDowell (USA)[56] June 8, 1952 AAA Wisconsin State Fair Park Rex Mays Classic Wolcott, RogerRoger Wolcott Kurtis KraftOffenhauser Qualifying
 James, JoeJoe James (USA)[57][note 12] November 2, 1952 AAA Santa Clara County Fairgrounds 100-mile race Estes, BobBob Estes WatsonOffenhauser Race
 Miller, ChetChet Miller (USA)[59] May 15, 1953 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Marcenac, JeanJean Marcenac Kurtis FDNovi SC "Novi Governor" Practice
 Scarborough, CarlCarl Scarborough (USA)[60][note 13] May 30, 1953 Elkins, LeeLee Elkins Kurtis Kraft/Wetteroth DOffenhauser "McNamara" Race
 Scott, BobBob Scott (USA)[61] July 5, 1954 AAA Darlington Raceway Independence Day Sweepstakes Brady, RayRay Brady Kurtis 4000Offenhauser Race
 Ayulo, MannyManny Ayulo (USA)[62][note 14] May 16, 1955 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Schmidt, PeterPeter Schmidt Kurtis 500COffenhauser Practice
 Vukovich, BillBill Vukovich (USA)[64] May 30, 1955 Hopkins, LindseyLindsey Hopkins Race
 McGrath, JackJack McGrath (USA)[65] November 6, 1955 AAA Arizona State Fairgrounds Bobby Ball Memorial Hinkle, JackJack Hinkle Kurtis 4000Offenhauser Race
 Andrews, KeithKeith Andrews (USA)[66] May 15, 1957 USAC Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Farina, GiuseppeGiuseppe Farina Kurtis 500GOffenhauser Practice
 O'Connor, PatPat O'Connor (USA)[67] May 30, 1958 USAC Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Root, ChapmanChapman Root Kurtis 500GOffenhauser "Sumar" Race
 Bisch, ArtArt Bisch (USA)[68][note 15] July 4, 1958 USAC Lakewood Speedway 100-mile race Salemi, PeterPeter Salemi KuzmaOffenhauser "Central Excavating" Race
 Reece, JimmyJimmy Reece (USA)[70] September 28, 1958 USAC Trenton Speedway 100-mile race Bignotti, GeorgeGeorge Bignotti Kurtis 500GOffenhauser "Bowes Seal Fast" Race
 Teague, MarshallMarshall Teague (USA)[71] February 11, 1959 USAC Daytona International Speedway Speed record attempt Root, ChapmanChapman Root Kurtis 500DOffenhauser "Sumar Streamliner"[note 16] Testing
 Amick, GeorgeGeorge Amick (USA)[73] April 4, 1959 USAC Daytona International Speedway Daytona 100 Bignotti, GeorgeGeorge Bignotti EpperlyOffenhauser "Bowes Seal Fast" Race
 Linder, DickDick Linder (USA)[74] April 19, 1959 USAC Trenton Speedway Race of Champions Vargo, JakeJake Vargo Kurtis 4000DOffenhauser Race
 Unser, JerryJerry Unser (USA)[75][note 17] May 2, 1959 USAC Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Johnson, H. H.H. H. Johnson KuzmaOffenhauser "Helse" Practice
 Cortner, BobBob Cortner (USA)[77] May 19, 1959 Cornis Engineering Cornis – Offenhauser
 Johnson, VanVan Johnson (USA)[78] July 19, 1959 USAC Williams Grove Speedway Indianapolis Sweepstakes[note 2] Vargo, JakeJake Vargo Kurtis 4000DOffenhauser Race
 Elisian, EdEd Elisian (USA)[79] August 30, 1959 USAC Wisconsin State Fair Park 200-mile race Ruiz, ErnestErnest Ruiz Christiansen – Offenhauser "Travelon Trailer" Race
 Bryan, JimmyJimmy Bryan (USA)[80] June 19, 1960 USAC Langhorne Speedway 100-mile race Leader Card WatsonOffenhauser Race
 Bettenhausen, TonyTony Bettenhausen (USA)[81] May 12, 1961 USAC Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Stearly, DougDoug Stearly WatsonOffenhauser "Stearly Motor Freight" Practice
 Keller, AlAl Keller (USA)[82] November 19, 1961 USAC Arizona State Fairgrounds Bobby Ball Memorial Homeyer, BruceBruce Homeyer Phillips – Offenhauser "Konstant Hot" Race
 Randall, HughHugh Randall (USA)[83] July 1, 1962 USAC Langhorne Speedway Langhorne 100 Vargo, JakeJake Vargo Kurtis 4000DOffenhauser Race
 Sachs, EddieEddie Sachs (USA)[84] May 30, 1964 USAC Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 DVS Halibrand Shrike – Ford "American Red Ball" Race
 MacDonald, DaveDave MacDonald (USA)[84] Thompson, MickeyMickey Thompson Thompson 63Ford "Sears Allstate"
 Horstmeyer, BillBill Horstmeyer (USA)[85] August 22, 1964 USAC Illinois State Fairgrounds Tony Bettenhausen Memorial Horstmeyer, BillBill Horstmeyer KuzmaOffenhauser "M. A. H." Race
 Marshman, BobbyBobby Marshman (USA)[86][note 18] November 27, 1964 Phoenix International Raceway Tire test Hopkins, LindseyLindsey Hopkins Lotus 29Ford "Pure Oil Firebird" Testing
 Rodee, ChuckChuck Rodee (USA)[88] May 14, 1966 USAC Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Leader Card WatsonOffenhauser "Wynn's" Qualifying
 Spence, MikeMike Spence (UK)[89] May 7, 1968 USAC Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 STP Lotus 56Pratt & Whitney Turbine "STP Oil Treatment" Practice
 Duman, RonnieRonnie Duman (USA)[90] June 9, 1968 USAC Wisconsin State Fair Park Rex Mays Classic Salemi, PeterPeter Salemi Gerhardt – Offenhauser TC "Central Excavating" Race
 Malloy, JimJim Malloy (USA)[91][note 19] May 14, 1972 USAC Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Gerhardt EagleOffenhauser TC "Thermo King" Practice
 Criss, BobBob Criss (USA)[93] March 12, 1973 Phoenix FasTrack International Speedway Private test Page Racing EagleOffenhauser TC Testing
 Pollard, ArtArt Pollard (USA)[94] May 12, 1973 USAC Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Fletcher, BobBob Fletcher EagleOffenhauser TC "Cobre Firestone" Practice
 Savage, SwedeSwede Savage (USA)[95][note 20] May 30, 1973 Patrick Racing EagleOffenhauser TC "STP Oil Treatment" Race
 Smiley, GordonGordon Smiley (USA)[97] May 15, 1982 USAC Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Fletcher, BobBob Fletcher March 81CCosworth Qualifying
 Hickman, JimJim Hickman (USA)[98][note 21] July 31, 1982 CART Wisconsin State Fair Park Provimi Veal Tony Bettenhausen 200 Rattlesnake Racing March 81CCosworth Practice
 Marcelo, JovyJovy Marcelo (PHL)[100] May 15, 1992 USAC Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Euromotorsport Lola T91/00Cosworth DFS Practice
 Brayton, ScottScott Brayton (USA)[101] May 17, 1996 USAC Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Team Menard Lola T95/00Menard V-6 Practice
 Krosnoff, JeffJeff Krosnoff (USA)[102] July 14, 1996 CART Toronto street circuit Molson Indy Toronto Arciero-Wells Racing Reynard 96iToyota Race
 Rodríguez, GonzaloGonzalo Rodríguez (URY)[103] September 11, 1999 CART Laguna Seca Raceway Honda Grand Prix of Monterey Team Penske Lola B99/00Mercedes Practice
 Moore, GregGreg Moore (CAN)[104] October 31, 1999 CART California Speedway Marlboro 500 Forsythe Racing Reynard 99iMercedes Race
 Renna, TonyTony Renna (USA)[105] October 22, 2003 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Firestone tire test Chip Ganassi Racing G-ForceToyota Testing
 Dana, PaulPaul Dana (USA)[106] March 26, 2006 IRL Homestead-Miami Speedway Toyota Indy 300 Rahal Letterman Racing PanozHonda Practice
 Wheldon, DanDan Wheldon (UK)[107] October 16, 2011 INDYCAR Las Vegas Motor Speedway IZOD IndyCar World Championship Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara IR-05Honda Race[note 3]
 Wilson, JustinJustin Wilson (UK)[108][note 22] August 23, 2015 INDYCAR Pocono Raceway ABC Supply 500 Andretti Autosport Dallara DW12Honda Race

Breakdown[edit]

Fatalities among riding mechanics[edit]

Mechanician Driver Date of accident Sanction Track[note 1] Event Team/Owner Car/Entry Session
 Schrader, ErickErick Schrader (USA)[1]  Burman, BobBob Burman (USA) April 8, 1916 AAA Corona Grand Boulevard Corona road race[note 2] Peugeot Race
 Pallotti, RoxieRoxie Pallotti (USA)[2]  Limberg, CarlCarl Limberg (USA) May 13, 1916 AAA Sheepshead Bay Speedway Metropolitan Trophy Delage Race
 Colombo, DanDan Colombo (USA)[110]  Franchi, AldoAldo Franchi (ITA) July 15, 1916 AAA Omaha Speedway 150-mile race PeugeotSunbeam "Peusun" Race
 Arnold, MarionMarion Arnold (USA)[3]  Burt, AndyAndy Burt (USA) August 27, 1916 AAA Kalamazoo Recreation Park 100-mile race[note 2] Stutz Race
 Shields, BertBert Shields (USA)[111][note 24]  Andersen, GilGil Andersen (USA) September 4, 1916 AAA Cincinnati Motor Speedway First International Sweepstakes Stutz Race
 Hitlich, RalphRalph Hitlich (USA)[113][note 25]  D'Alene, WilburWilbur D'Alene (USA) October 14, 1916 AAA Speedway Park Grand American Auto Race CrawfordDuesenberg Race
 Schwartz, CharlesCharles Schwartz (USA)[4]  Horstman, HarryHarry Horstman (USA) November 10, 1916 AAA/ACA Santa Monica Road Race Course Horstman, HarryHarry Horstman Mercer Practice
 Weigle, GastonGaston Weigle (FRA)[7]  Galvin, FrankFrank Galvin (USA) December 2, 1916 AAA Uniontown Speedway Universal Trophy[note 2] Premier Race
 Jolls, LyallLyall Jolls (USA)[9]  O'Donnell, EddieEddie O'Donnell (USA) November 25, 1920 AAA Los Angeles Speedway 250-mile race Duesenberg Race
 Barner, HarryHarry Barner (USA)[11]  Soules, AltonAlton Soules (USA) October 1, 1921 AAA Fresno Speedway San Joaquin Valley Classic Frontenac Race
 Marshall, PaulPaul Marshall (USA)[115]  Marshall, CyCy Marshall (USA) May 30, 1930 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Henry, GeorgeGeorge Henry Duesenberg Race
 Berry, WilliamWilliam Berry (USA)[116]  MacKenzie, DocDoc MacKenzie (USA) June 8, 1930 AAA Michigan State Fairgrounds 100-mile race Ambler Ambler – Buick Qualifying
 Grove, ClarenceClarence Grove (USA)[27]  Caccia, JoeJoe Caccia (USA) May 26, 1931 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Jones, AlvinAlvin Jones Duesenberg "Jones & Maley" Practice
 Cox, HarryHarry Cox (USA)[117]  Benefiel, BennieBennie Benefiel (USA) May 25, 1932 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Jones, AlvinAlvin Jones Duesenberg "Jones & Maley" Qualifying
 Hurst, BobBob Hurst (USA)[30]  Denver, BillBill Denver (USA) May 28, 1933 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Brady, RayRay Brady ? – Studebaker "Brady & Nardi" Qualifying
 Jordan, G. L.G. L. Jordan (USA)[31]  Spangler, LesterLester Spangler (USA) May 30, 1933 Hartz, HarryHarry Hartz Miller Race
 Hahn, BobBob Hahn (USA)[32]  Kreis, PeterPeter Kreis (USA) May 25, 1934 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Hartz, HarryHarry Hartz Miller FDMiller "Miller-Hartz" Practice
 Whitaker, LeoLeo Whitaker (USA)[34]  Stubblefield, StubbyStubby Stubblefield (USA) May 21, 1935 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Shafer, PhilPhil Shafer ? – Buick "Victor Gasket" Qualifying
 Matlock, SpiderSpider Matlock (USA)[36][note 26]  Gordon, AlAl Gordon (USA) January 26, 1936 AAA Ascot Motor Speedway 125-mile race[note 2] White, BillBill White WetterothOffenhauser Race
 Opalko, AlbertAlbert Opalko (USA)[118]  McGurk, FrankFrank McGurk (USA) May 28, 1937 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Belanger, MurrellMurrell Belanger StevensMiller "Belanger-Miller" Qualifying
 Harris, LawsonLawson Harris (USA)[119]  Stapp, BabeBabe Stapp (USA) September 20, 1939 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Tire test Boyle, MikeMike Boyle Testing

✝ indicates that the driver was killed in the same accident.

Fatalities among non-participants[edit]

Name Date of accident Sanction Track[note 1] Event Session Role Course of events
 Speer, W. H.W. H. Speer (USA) April 8, 1916 AAA Corona Grand Boulevard Corona road race[note 2] Race Policeman Due to tire damage Bob Burman's racer skidded, turned over and dashed into a crowd of people, several of whom were injured. Burman, his mechanician Erick Schrader, and a policeman died.[1]
 Juratsch, LenaLena Juratsch (USA) November 18, 1916 ACA Santa Monica Road Race Course American Grand Prize Race Worker With the left front wheel having collapsed, Lewis Jackson missed a slight turn. His auto slid along the roadside and struck several people, three of whom fatally. Jackson died when he was pinned against a tree.[6]
 Edgington, HaroldHarold Edgington (USA) Spectator
 Jenkins, L. B.L. B. Jenkins (USA)
 Hughes, HughieHughie Hughes (UK) December 2, 1916 AAA Uniontown Speedway Universal Trophy[note 2] Race Driver Frank Galvin lost control of his racer, smashed through the guard rail and slammed into the press stand, injuring several of its occupants and crushing to death Hughie Hughes, who had crashed out of the race himself and was standing by the press box. Galvin, who succumbed two days later, and Gaston Weigle, his mechanician, were also killed.[7]
 Shoup, BertBert Shoup (USA) May 30, 1923 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Race Spectator Tom Alley, relief driving for Earl Cooper, slid, rolled over and penetrated a fence, killing a 16-year-old spectator and hurting two other boys and himself.[120]
 Hughes, RussRuss Hughes (USA) November 29, 1923 AAA Beverly Hills Speedway 250-mile race Pre-race Photographer Attempting a start before the race, Harry Hartz hit a photographer, a team owner, and a mechanic, killing the former two and badly injuring the latter.[121]
 Wade, GeorgeGeorge Wade (USA) Team owner
 Shaw, DanDan Shaw (USA) October 12, 1925 AAA Rockingham Speedway Autumn Classic Practice Mechanic A broken steering knuckle caused Vic Spooner's car to overturn and strike his mechanic, who was standing in the pits. Spooner survived a concussion of the brain.[122]
 Brink, WilburWilbur Brink (USA) May 30, 1931 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Race Bystander Billy Arnold's racer lost a wheel, which flew over the retaining wall and fatally hit an 11-year-old boy who was off IMS’s property.[123]
 Rohde, OttoOtto Rohde (USA) May 28, 1937 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Qualifying Spectator After the gas tank was punctured, Overton Phillips lost control of his burning auto and veered into the pit area where he collided with another machine, killing two attendants, one of whom died five days later, and hurting three other people including himself.[118][124]
 Warford, GeorgeGeorge Warford (USA)
 Spence, EverettEverett Spence (USA) May 30, 1938 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Race Spectator Having impacted a retaining wall, Emil Andres's racer rolled over, losing the right front wheel, which shot through the air before fatally striking a spectator standing on a truck.[125]
 Stovall, SamSam Stovall (USA) April 14, 1946 AAA Williams Grove Speedway 30-lap Big car race Feature race Spectator A man, who was hit by a car while he was crossing the track near completion of the race, succumbed to his injuries two days later.[42][126]
 Stuberak, PeterPeter Stuberak (USA) October 15, 1950 AAA California State Fairgrounds 100-mile race Race Spectator Tony Bettenhausen ran into and climbed up the rear of Walt Faulkner's racer, flipped over and smashed through a fence, hurting four spectators, one of whom died the next day.[127]
 Syrell, LawrenceLawrence Syrell (USA) September 12, 1953 AAA New York State Fairgrounds 100-mile race Race Spectator Trying to thread his way through Jimmy Bryan's spinning car and the fence, Chuck Stevenson hopped the outside wall, killing one spectator and injuring another 14.[128]
 Smith, ClayClay Smith (USA) September 6, 1954 AAA DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Ted Horn Memorial Race Mechanic Rodger Ward, after losing a tire and locking wheels with Chuck Stevenson, spun into the pit area where he overturned, killing a mechanic and hurting eight other people.[129]
 Masariu, JohnJohn Masariu (USA) May 30, 1961 USAC Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Race Firefighter A fire truck, while maneuvering in the vicinity of Eddie Johnson's parked racer, which was burning, ran over and killed a firefighter.[130]
 Stainton, RedRed Stainton (USA) April 13, 1969 USAC Hanford Motor Speedway California 200 Race Mechanic Fuel leaking from Art Pollard's car was ignited during a pit stop so that two attendants were burned, one of whom leapt back into the path of Mario Andretti's auto. The mechanic sustained head injuries and died two days later.[131][132]
 Teran, ArmandoArmando Teran (USA) May 30, 1973 USAC Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Race Team member Rushing to the scene of Swede Savage's crash, a fire truck ran into and killed a crewman for Graham McRae.[95]
 Kurtenbach, LyleLyle Kurtenbach (USA) May 24, 1987 USAC Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Race Spectator A tire which had come off Tony Bettenhausen Jr.'s racer was catapulted into the stands by Roberto Guerrero's car and fatally struck a spectator in the head.[133]
 Hein, Jean-PatrickJean-Patrick Hein (CAN) September 2, 1990 CART Vancouver street circuit Molson Indy Vancouver Race Marshal Having pushed Ross Bentley's stalled racer out of a chicane area, three track workers jumped into the path of Willy T. Ribbs's car, which was coming around the corner. After colliding with its rear, two of them were flung through the air and sustained minor injuries. The third was hit and overrun by the left rear wheel, succumbing to head injuries several hours after being operated on.[134][135]
 Avrin, GaryGary Avrin (CAN) July 14, 1996 CART Toronto street circuit Molson Indy Toronto Race Marshal Because Jeff Krosnoff's racer had touched wheels with that of Stefan Johansson, it was catapulted into the air and fatally struck a track worker, who was positioned behind the wall lining the track, while on its way into the catch fence where it disintegrated on impact, the cockpit coming to a stop against the opposite wall. Krosnoff was killed, too. Another marshal was slightly hurt.[102]
 Fox, KennethKenneth Fox (USA) July 26, 1998 CART Michigan Speedway U.S. 500 Race Spectator On lap 175, Adrián Fernández slammed into the outside wall in the fourth turn. His right front wheel was torn off and hurled over the fence into the stands, killing three spectators and injuring six others.[136]
 Laster, SherylSheryl Laster (USA)
 Tautkus, MichaelMichael Tautkus (USA)
 Mobley, BarryBarry Mobley (USA) May 1, 1999 IRL Lowe's Motor Speedway VisionAire 500K Race[note 3] Spectator On the 59th lap, Stan Wattles crashed into the outside wall in turn four, shearing off both right-side wheels. John Paul Jr.'s car hit one of them, propelling it over the fence into the stands. As a result, three spectators were killed and eight others, two of whom were children, suffered injuries. The race was abandoned before completing the necessary 104 laps to be official.[137][138]
 Patton, JeffreyJeffrey Patton (USA)
 Pyatte, RandyRandy Pyatte (USA)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c The name of the track at the time of the accident is displayed.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Non-championship event
  3. ^ a b c The race was abandoned and voided after the fatal accident.
  4. ^ Horstman, an unofficial entrant, later succumbed to his injuries.[5]
  5. ^ Galvin died on December 4, 1916, two days after his accident.[8]
  6. ^ O'Donnell died on November 26, 1920, the day after his accident.[10]
  7. ^ Boyer died on September 2, 1924, the day after his accident.[15]
  8. ^ Cariens died on December 1, 1925, two days after his accident.[20]
  9. ^ Jones died on May 28, 1926, the day after his accident.[22]
  10. ^ Metzler died on June 3, 1949, six days after his accident.[51]
  11. ^ Sheffler died on June 28, 1949, nine days after his accident.[53]
  12. ^ James died on November 5, 1952, three days after his accident.[58]
  13. ^ Having stopped in the pits, Scarborough collapsed and died of heat exhaustion.[60]
  14. ^ Ayulo died on May 17, 1955, the day after his accident.[63]
  15. ^ Bisch died on July 6, 1958, two days after his accident.[69]
  16. ^ The Formula Libre-classified car featured streamlined fenders over the wheels and a canopy enclosing the driver.[72]
  17. ^ Unser died on May 17, 1959, fifteen days after his accident.[76]
  18. ^ Marshman died on December 3, 1964, six days after his accident.[87]
  19. ^ Malloy died on May 18, 1972, four days after his accident.[92]
  20. ^ Savage died on July 2, 1973, thirty-three days after his accident.[96]
  21. ^ Hickman died on August 1, 1982, the day after his accident.[99]
  22. ^ Wilson died on August 24, 2015, the day after his accident.[109]
  23. ^ The current, last, or best known name of the track is displayed.
  24. ^ Shields died on September 30, 1916, twenty-six days after his accident.[112]
  25. ^ Hitlich died on October 31, 1916, seventeen days after his accident.[114]
  26. ^ Matlock died on January 27, 1936, the day after his accident.[36]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c ""Bob" Burman, speed marvel, killed in race". The Gazette Times. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. April 9, 1916. 
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